EARTHSCOPE

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EARTHSCOPE

Huntsville City Schools Department of Environmental Education

 

Mission Statement: Connecting students to the natural world through purposeful field work and problem-based learning that empower them to become responsible stewards of the planet.

      EARTHSCOPE, Huntsville City Schools' Environmental Education Program, was established in 1978 to offer field-based environmental experiences citywide for grades Kindergarten through Sixth.  Born of volunteers' vision and dedication, nurtured by a broad base of community support, EARTHSCOPE has grown to become comprehensive, locally funded, award winning education program.  The EARTHSCOPE office is located at Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School. 

      Each year EARTHSCOPE's staff instructs over 15,000 students in grades K-6 about environmental and historical concepts and issues with the goal of instilling a sense of community and stewardship in the minds of young people.  In addition to the staff of four, grants from the community enable EARTHSCOPE to contract an additional twelve, part-time instructors. 

      Huntsville City School teachers choose from a "menu" of 14 field-based opportunities for their students.  All programs are correlated with the Alabama State Course of Study and Common Core Standards and serve to reinforce mandated curriculum. 

EARTHSCOPE Field Studies:

First Grade

  • EARTHSCOPE Treasure Trail and Burritt Barnyard

 

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  Video

Second Grade

  • We Share the Earth

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Third Grade

  • Through the Lens:Birds and Wildlife

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  • Voices from the Grave: Huntsville History at Maple Hill Cemetery

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Fourth Grade

  • Water Power and Pioneers

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  • Native American Discovery

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  • Underground Adventures

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  • Fossil Finds

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  • Voices from the Grave: Glenwood Cemetery African-American History

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Fifth Grade

  • Trash Trip

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  • Wetlands and Watersheds

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  • Camp Cha-La-Kee

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  • WaterWorks

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Additional Programming

  • STARLAB Portable Planetarium

   

     Craig Tufts, chief naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation assesses America's children as "separated from the natural world and prescribes new paths for reconnecting children with nature, resulting in healthier, better-adjusted individuals who will care for our planet."